City Council Approves Ban On Texting While Biking

CHICAGO (WBBM) — The City Council has approved a ban on texting or using a handheld phone while riding your bicycle.

The ordinance goes into effect next month. It prohibits bicyclists from texting while moving or making cell phone calls without a hands-free device, similar to the current rules for texting and cell phones in moving vehicles.

The council’s Committee on Traffic and Pedestrian Safety had signed off on the ordinance earlier this week.

Ald. Margaret Laurino (39th), who sponsored the ordinance, has said she’s seen cyclists using both hands to text while riding.

The Active Transportation Alliance, an advocacy group for bicyclists, has also said the ordinance makes sense, but might be unnecessary, arguing that responsibilities that apply to motorists also apply to a bicyclist.

Fines would start at $20 for a first offense and go up to $100 for a third or subsequent violation. If an accident is involved, the fine could be as much as $500.

  • Goodfellas Joeyoso Wiseguy

    About time and I hope the CPD enforce it as I see drivers in cars doing it all the time. I hope theyn also issue tickets to all the law breakers on bikes, which the CPD never does for running stop signs, running traffic lights to name a few. I am sick of bikers breaking the laws that I always obey. I guess when they are on a bike they think they are GOD on wheels and the CPD can`t touch them…

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